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Thousands Attend Ninth Annual FamilyFest

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Thousands Attend Ninth Annual FamilyFest
Town Partners with St. Francis Hospital for ‘Pink Glove Dance’ Competition 

Port Washington, NY
–Helped by beautiful weather and a picturesque backdrop, North Hempstead’s annual beach-front bash brought the curtains down on yet another successful summer-long season of festivals and concerts.

More than one thousand people attended the Ninth Annual FamilyFest on September 15 at North Hempstead Beach Park, reported the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Festival goers were treated to a tasty serving of musical performances featuring four different acts. Denzil Botus brought revelers to their feet with his infectious brand of jazz and calypso-infused tunes; Bach to Rock offered generous helpings of contemporary hits with tunes such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”; Minute by Minute paid homage to Michael McDonald and showcased other classic rock anthems. Closing out the festival, Mack and Soul dished out appetizing selections of Motown hits and ‘60s classics.

Tables and booths set up along the boardwalk provided plenty of entertainment for the entire family. This year’s array of activities included a petting zoo, face painting, hair braiding, kite flying, kayaking, arts & crafts, a photo booth, the New York Knicks Groove Truck and much more.

Erik's Reptile Edventures and the Port Washington Fire Department’s interactive displays captivated children with a hands on learning experience.

A new touch this year was a partnership between the Town and St. Francis Hospital, who filmed a video clip that will be entered into the national ‘Pink Glove Dance” competition. The first-prize winner of this dance contest will win a $25,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice that supports breast cancer treatment.

The video clip featured Town and County officials outfitted in pink gloves while they danced to the Bruno Mars hit “Treasure.” More information on this competition is available at www.pinkglovedance.com

FamilyFest was made possible through a partnership between the Town of North Hempstead, the Town’s Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Erik's Reptile Edventures performs for a packed crowd interested in learning more about reptiles.

A record amount of attendees explored the boardwalk and participated in the activities

Elected officials take part in the ‘Pink Glove Dance’ competition: From left, former County Comptroller Howard Weitzman, Nassau County Legislator Delia Deriggi-Whitton, Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, Town Councilman Angelo Ferrara, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Town Councilman Tom Dwyer, County Legislator Judi Bosworth, County Legislator Wayne Wink, Town Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman and Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, along with children who volunteered from the audience.
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